Hon. Lionel Zinsou

Former Minister of Benin and CEO, SouthBridge

Benin/France

Lionel Zinsou, 63, married, three children. Lionel Zinsou, 63, married, three children.

Economist and Investment Banker. Former Prime Minister of Benin (2015-2016). Trained as historian and economist (1972-1980): University of Paris, École Normale Supérieure Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Research Student London School of Economics. “Agrégation” of Economics and Social Sciences.
Career:

• 1981-1983: Lecturer University Paris XIII, Department of Economics.

• 1983-1986: Reader Ecole Normale Supérieure, Head of Social Sciences Department.

• 1983-1986: Assistant Private Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, France.

• 1986-1997: Danone Group: Financial Controller, Corporate Development Director, CEO HP and Lea and Perrins (UK/USA), CEO Grocery Division and Executive Committee member.

• 1997-2008: Rothschild Group: General Partner, Global Head of Consumer Goods, Head of Africa Middle East.

• 2008-2015: PAI Partners (French largest Private Equity Fund): Partner, Managing Director, Chaiman and CEO.

• 2017: Managing Partner and Co-Founder of SouthBridge.

Community work:

• Chair Advisory Board Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Fondation de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure, Africafrance, Amis du Musée Branly-Jacques Chirac, Terra Nova think tank, Microcred

• Board member: Ashinaga, Sanofi Foundation, Fondation Zinsou